Aruanah ארוונה

RHIANNON DAVIES X SIOBHAN BELINGLY

 

@ Holdrons Archade

This joint project initiated by Rhiannon Davies and Siobhan Belingy was named after the prosperous owner of property mentioned in the biblical chapter of 2 Chronicles 3. It is a passage that retells Solomon’s construction of the House of God ‘in the place that David had prepared in the threshing floor of Araunah (Ornan) the Jebusite’.

A focus on ‘Solomon’s’ temple was arbitrary and simply from opening the bible at 2 Chronicles 3. Since then Davies and Belingy extracted, from this chapter, descriptions of exotic architectural features such as pomegranates, palm trees and fine gold. They have used these as buzz words in order to classify found images cut out from magazines and develop their collaborative body of work. The duo have extended their focus from decorative temple elements to some of the functions and intent of a sanctuary during that time: a place of worship, a place of sacrifice, a place of contemplation. The selected works presented in the project space consider these sacramental aspects in a way that reflects contemporary life.

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